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4.2.8 Nonliving system Every concrete system which does not have the
characteristics of a living system is a nonliving system. Nonliving systems
constitute the general case of concrete systems, of which living systems are a
very special case.
The general living systems theory presented in this book is a scientific theory and
is therefore less general than a metatheory. It is not about how to form theories.
Rather, it is a specific conceptualization which can be confirmed or disconfirmed
''note: The following articles deal with various aspects of general living systems
theory: Miller, J. G. & Members of the Committee on the Behavioral Sciences.
Symposium: profits and problems of ho- meostatic models in the behavioral
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I purchased this book many years ago and found it very enlighting. The shredout concept was of particular interest to me in that it provided ways to look at various living systems from micro to macro. It has a lot of detail which I never was able to get around to studying, but appears to have influenced my thinking which was later documented in a series of blogs http://www.bcswonline.com/blog/index.html
I still have a copy and refer to it.
TABLE 11 The 19 Critical Subsystems of a Living System
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